I’m hiking the Oregon Desert Trail in sections this year, and will be uploading photos periodically to the Oregon Natural Desert Association Flickr page. You can see the slideshows here:
I just updated my gear list for what I have been and will be using on the Oregon Desert Trail this year. I’ve copied it below for your convenience! My next section will include mostly packrafting, so I’ll be using specific boating gear. I’m still working out my system, but I’ll share that info soon. It will add quite a bit of weight: packraft, frame pack (Six Moon Designs Flex Pack), helmet, paddle, PFD, throw bag, dry bags, water shoes; but once I’m floating the weight won’t be on my back, unless portaging…or “packing” the packraft. I’ll also be hiking some side canyons and exploring more ways for hikers to hike from rim to river.
Did you know I have a packrafting blog too? Kirk and I have loved being able to hike into places to boat, and I’m really excited that the Oregon Desert Trail has so much boating potential in the Owyhee Canyonlands.
I’ll get more photos up from my 250 mile section of the Oregon Desert Trail soon, but until then see them on Flickr.
2016 Oregon Desert Trail Gear
|Backpack||Six Moon Designs Fusion 50 2015||49 oz|
|Six Moon Designs Flex Pack (for packrafting)||51 oz|
|Sleeping Pad||Gossamer Gear Air Beam 3/4 Wide (Air Beam is not available anymore)||11.7 oz|
|Sleeping Bag||Western Mountaineering Ultralight||29 oz|
|Ground Cloth||Tyvek||5 oz|
|Shelter||Six Moon Designs Deschutes Cuben Fiber||7 oz|
|Stakes||TOAKS Titanium stakes x6||1.3 oz|
|Poles||Black Diamond Z-Poles||17 oz|
|Cook Pot||TOAKS Titanium 1100ml Pot||4 oz|
|Spoon||Oboz plastic spoon/spork||1 oz|
|Stove||TOAKS Titanium Backpacking Wood Burning Stove||7.9 oz|
|French Press||I bought at REI 10 years ago, I use plastic inner cup|
|Water Containers||Platypus Hoser 1.8 liter||3.4 oz|
|Vapur 1 Liter Bottle||1.4 oz|
|Water Filter||Sawyer Mini||2 oz|
|Water treatment||eye dropper of bleach|
|Camera/Phone||Galaxy S5||5.1 oz|
|Lifeproof Case||1.6 oz|
|External Battery||Anker 2nd Gen Astro E5||10.9 oz|
|USB charger & 2 charging cords||Verizon||7 oz|
|GPS/Beacon||DeLorum InReach||7 oz|
|Umbrella||Six Moon Designs Silver Shadow||8 oz|
|Headlamp||Petzel Tikka RZP Rechargable Headlamp||4 oz|
|Stuff Sacks||OR UltraLight Dry Sack||1.6 oz|
|Six Moon Designs cuben stuff sack|
|Knife||Gerber US1||1 oz|
|Bag Liner||Trash compactor bag|
|Jacket||Montbell Alpine Light Down Parka||11.8 oz|
|Patagonia Hoodini||4.3 oz|
|Outdoor Research Helium II||5.5 oz|
|hat||Hikertrash trucker hat||2 oz|
|Outdoor Research Pinball Hat||2.7 oz|
|Long sleeve shirt||REI polertec zip sunshirt (old!)|
|Tank top||thrift shop tank|
|Skirt||Purple Rain Skirt|
|Long johns||Outdoor Research Essence Tights||5.2 oz|
|Socks||X3 pairs Point6 merino socks|
|Shoes||Oboz Luna||12.6 oz|
|Chaco Z2 Sandals|
|Gortex Socks||Cabellas brand|
|Rain skirt||trash compactor bag|
|Mittens||Gordini Stash Lite Touch Mitt|
|shorts||spandex shorts (chaffing protection!)|
|Gaiters||OR Gortex Gaiters||10.2 oz|
Oh, and I shared my thoughts on why hiking with chocolate is important. Salazon Chocolate was one of my sponsors last year and their organic dark chocolate with sea salt was delicious! AND they support the triple crown trails. AWESOME company.
Kirk and I went packrafting last weekend.
And in addition to this blog, I’ve been keeping a blog of our packraft adventures (strangely enough called Adventures with Packraft) for the past three years to chronicle trips we’ve done all over Oregon. You can read about our trip on the Chewaukan River here. (I got to calling it the She-ra-can River).
Thanks to some insomnia tonight I finally was able to get the post up. I really really really can’t wait for the simplicity of the trail. My schedule has just been killer lately (killer as in exhausting), and sometimes the only chance I get to work on some of my other interests, like maintaining the other blog, is when I can’t sleep.
The full time job, 2 businesses, 3 board positions, a relationship, friends, and trying to find time for myself is making life a bit crushing lately. I can’t complain too much as it’s all amazing and very fulfilling, but I’m tired.
I’m ready to slow down and just walk for a while.